Schofield was born 8 December 1882 in Halifax, West Yorkshire. He served an engineering apprenticeship and later achieved a BSc in Physics from the University of London. In 1918 he married Clara Johns (1890-1928): they had a daughter and an adopted son. In 1923 he achieved a PhD for research in internal combustion engines. He died on 18 September 1963 in Loughborough.
He was the first Chairman of his local district association of Rotary International in 1928, and President of Rotary International Britain & Ireland in 1931–2, and Vice-President of Rotary International 1933–4. He was awarded the MBE in 1917 and the CBE in 1947.
- Loughborough University Centenary Gallery Photograph of Schofield in his office, 1918
- BBC Your Paintings Portrait of Schofield in academic robes, 1950
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